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A bit actor and former bodybuilder, Andrew Bryniarski was arrested at his Santa Monica mobile home last month after police found that he was keeping 25 starving dogs in cramped kennels inside.
Bryniarski, 43, is most famous for his role as “Leatherface” in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and for his role as “Lattimer” in The Program. The bit actor also appeared in Batman Returns, Any Given Sunday, and Scooby Doo, playing small roles.
TMZ reported that police were dispatched to the actor’s home at 10:30pm on September 8th after multiple calls from concerned neighbors regarding the sounds of crying dogs coming from the home. When police arrived, no one was home, but officers were able to see several metal dog kennels filled with small dogs, Pomeranians, with no visible food or water. Police also reported that the home smelled strongly of urine.
Bryniarski and a female companion arrived home and admitted to police that the dogs were theirs. Police entered the home and found 25 dogs that they suspected were not being properly taken care of. Both Bryniarski and the female were arrested for animal cruelty.
Bryniarski vehemently denied any and all charges of animal cruelty. He claimed that he and his girlfriend had just purchased the mobile home in order to carry out mobile dog adoptions, that each and every Pomeranian on board was well loved, healthy, and cared for, and that he had spared no expense making sure the pups had everything they needed on board.
Animal Control was called to the scene to safely remove and assess the dogs.
After medical examination of the Pomeranians, thankfully, not a single dog was found to be sick or unhealthy. All 25 dogs were returned to Bryniarski, and all animal cruelty charges dropped.